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John Paul “J.P.” Finley is the team leader and founder of J P Finley & Company Realtors, a residential real estate sales team with over 30 years of experience and staff located in Bloomington, Illinois. A native "Illinoisan", J.P. has grown his business and team one satisfied client at a time. J.P.’s family is from the Central Illinois area. Real Estate was not J.P.’s first career but has ended up being his passion. At an early age, J.P. learned the importance of integrity, honor, and customer service by working in and around his family owned businesses. He moved to Bloomington, Illinois in 1998 where he worked as a technical consultant for State Farm Insurance Company through his employer at the time The BOEING Company. After two years as a consultant he was hired internally by State Farm Insurance and became responsible for the management and implementation of technology to over 17,000 State Farm agent offices across the country. He designed and built his first home in 2000 in Bloomington, Illinois calling Bloomington “Home”. Before coming to Bloomington, he also opened a staging business where he provided staging services and leased furniture to home sellers who needed help showcasing their homes for sale. He spent the next 5 years traveling with the company and that is where his love started to blossom. J.P. found that when on business trips he was constantly looking at the real estate in those towns and while at home was always going to open houses. One day over dinner with a friend who was an agent it was suggested that perhaps Real Estate was for him. He pondered hard and in the end he signed up for the Real Estate Education Course offered by the local RE/MAX in Bloomington, Illinois. He first continued as an employee of State Farm while on his free time dedicating it to his real estate career. After his first year, while it was told to him that you’d be lucky to sell $1,000,000 in production, J.P. brought in over $6,000,000 sales volume! Knowing that if he focused all of his time he would be even more successful, he turned in the corporate cubical and steady paycheck for a 100% commission gig. Since that time in 2006 J.P. has created one of the most successful real estate teams in Bloomington and Central Illinois and consistently achieves production levels close to $20,000,000. His track record has propelled him into an elite group of real estate professionals –the best of the best. J.P. finds that many new clients are referred to him by past clients who want their family and friends to experience the same exceptional service that they had.Frequently noted for his friendly service and deep local knowledge, J.P. has also been recognized as one of the top residential agents in the region by Prudential, Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Inman News, WHOI and other trade organizations. Despite his accolades, he continues to focus on taking care of his clients as if he just started in the business. In 2013, J.P. was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.J.P. is known as one of the most progressive and innovative real estate professionals and continually shares and assists local and other agents grow their businesses. Today, J P Finley & Company Realtors operates with a total of four Licensed Real Estate agents and a support staff of two making it the #1 and largest residential sales team in the Bloomington/Normal area and RE/MAX.